The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal is the stage for this weekend’s penultimate round of the 2023 Superbike World Championship, in which Team HRC is competing with Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge.

The first practice session got underway as scheduled mid-morning, in warm and sunny conditions. The two free practice sessions saw the team make good progress, both Vierge and Lecuona able to set a series of encouraging lap times. By the end of the first 45-minute session and having made a series of set-up changes along the way, Lecuona was lying seventh thanks to a best of 1’41.563 followed by Vierge, twelfth with a 1’42.024.

The factory riders were back out later in the day for the second practice. Despite the session running on much hotter asphalt (43°C), Lecuona immediately improved on his earlier time but, having chosen not to use a soft tyre and to focus instead on the race-setup of his CBR1000RR-R, he placed eleventh in the day’s very close aggregate standings. In light of this, his personal best of 1’41.379 looks promising ahead of tomorrow’s Superpole qualifying session and first race.

Vierge also made gradual progress as the phase went on, although not as much as he perhaps expected. His best time of 1’41.718, albeit less than four tenths from his teammate’s fastest time, saw him place seventeenth overall, which leaves him looking for more before the lights go out at 2.00pm tomorrow afternoon.

Iker Lecuona 7


“Well, not a bad start to the weekend if we consider every aspect of this first day of practice. We felt better in the morning when it was cooler but then, as often happens when the temperatures rise, we struggle more than other riders and are not able to make the same step that they do. On the other hand, it’s also true that we worked with the hard tyre and have not yet found a way to make it work well for us. Anyway, there is a big group of riders within just two or three tenths of a second of each other, we didn’t use a soft spec to make our fast lap, and we made no mistakes over the two sessions. Tomorrow we will try to find something with our base setup that can help me feel less on the limit, as I often did today, so that I can ride more smoothly and more consistently.”

Xavi Vierge 97


“It has been a little bit of a strange day because in the pre-season test here we felt very strong but today it looks like we are lacking something, at the moment. We were actually able to lap in 42.0 straight away but then we sort of remained stuck there while the others were able to build on their pace. We tried some changes to the setup but are not yet convinced that these are taking us in the right direction, so we must be really clever in terms of our next moves with the setup for tomorrow.”

WorldSBK 2023
Free Practice Round 11   Portugal

Free Practices Combined Results after FP2

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bautista Alvaro 1 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'40.476
2 Gerloff Garrett 31 USA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'40.763 0.287
3 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'40.827 0.351
4 Rea Jonathan 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'41.018 0.542
5 Gardner Remy 87 AUS GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'41.022 0.546
6 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'41.177 0.701
7 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA BARNI Spark Racing Team Ducati 1'41.189 0.713
8 Locatelli Andrea 55 ITA PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'41.197 0.721
9 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR PATA YAMAHA with BRIXX WorldSBK Yamaha 1'41.199 0.723
10 Aegerter Dominique 77 SWI GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'41.367 0.891
11 Lecuona Iker 7 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'41.379 0.903
12 Öttl Philipp 5 GER Team GOELEVEN Ducati 1'41.386 0.910
13 Bassani Axel 47 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1'41.402 0.926
14 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 1'41.413 0.937
15 Baz Loris 76 FRA Bonovo Action BMW BMW 1'41.694 1.218
16 Redding Scott 45 GBR ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1'41.708 1.232
17 Vierge Xavi 97 SPA Team HRC Honda 1'41.718 1.242
18 Baldassarri Lorenzo 34 ITA GMT94 Yamaha Yamaha 1'41.927 1.451
19 Ray Bradley 28 GBR Yamaha MotoxRacing WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'42.756 2.280
20 Ruiu Gabriele 16 ITA B-Max Racing Team BMW 1'42.825 2.349
21 Vinales Isaac 32 SPA TPR by Vinales Racing Kawasaki 1'42.877 2.401
22 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 1'42.910 2.434
23 Syahrin Hafizh 35 MAL PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'43.005 2.529
24 Granado Eric 51 BRA PETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Team Honda 1'43.429 2.953
25 Konig Oliver 52 CZE ORELAC Racing VERDNATURA Kawasaki 1'44.697 4.221
Location Information

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve Sitio do Escampadinho, Mexilhoeira Grande, 8500-148 Portimão, Portugal

Pole Position Right
Length 4.592 Km
Corners 15
Right Corners 9
Left Corners 6


Pole Record 1'39.610 (165,959 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2022)
Race Record 1'39.826 (165,600) T.Razgatlioglu (Yamaha YZF R1, 2023 - SPRC)
All Time Record 1'39.610 (165,959 Km/h) J. Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2022)
2023 Race 1 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R)
2023 Superpole Race Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R)
2023 Race 2 Winner A. Bautista (Ducati V4 R)